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Registering for modules on Portico
First year students will register for their modules during induction week, after they have met with their Personal Tutor to confirm that their proposed selection is acceptable.
When first logging into Portico, all of your compulsory core modules will already be shown so it will just be a matter of selecting your pathway course choices and specific level of language once you have had your language assessment at the Centre for Languages and International Education.
Once you have selected your course choices in Portico and they have been confirmed by the relevant departments, they will appear in your online timetable (see below) the next day. If you amend or delete a course module on Portico, it will be removed from your timetable the next day.
You can view the UCL online timetable at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/timetable, logging in using your UCL username and password.
The online timetable shows your personal timetable week by week and shows you what is being taught, when, where and by whom across UCL. Your personal timetable will display all of the course units you have registered for on Portico (as above) and will include the specific times of your lectures, seminars, labs etc.
There is not usually teaching during Reading Weeks, but there are some exceptions to this so you will need to check your personal timetable.
You should regularly check your personal timetable as it will be subject to change, e.g. if a different room has to be used one week.
Workload and studying outside of the syllabus
Students are expected to spend about 40 hours per week studying (which includes time spent in lectures, seminars, private study and essay writing). You are expected to attend all lectures and seminars for each course you study and fully engage with them, i.e. not just turn up but do the required reading and consideration of the topics being considered so that you can take a full part in discussions.
It is important to remember that the BASc courses are interdisciplinary and so reading should not be restricted to topics on which you’re writing an essay. By being prepared to contribute to any topic being addressed in either your lectures or seminars, you will also better equip yourself to deal with the range of questions you’ll face in your final exams.
Arts and Sciences BASc offers students unique flexibility in shaping their own curriculum. This has great rewards but also presents challenges. Supplementing your in-house UCL learning by studying an online MOOC can greatly help you to bridge gaps between disciplines and build your own academic and intellectual portfolio. Such a proactive approach to your learning will also be valued by employers and masters and PhD programmes to which you may want to apply after the BASc.
It should be possible to take at least 1-2 MOOCs per academic year alongside your BASc degree. You are strongly advised to visit websites such as http://mooc.studentadvisor.com/ or http://degreed.com/ to investigate which MOOCs are of benefit and interest. You should consult with your personal tutor to see if the MOOC you are interested in fits well with your study plans.
All students are expected to be at UCL for the full duration of the academic year, unless you are ill. If you require / anticipate any periods of absence for a particular purpose, you must request permission from the Programme Director well in advance but it is highly irregular to do this. The three terms are very short (10 weeks each) and compact, so you haven't got time to miss anything.
Absence for medical reasons is different and must be accompanied by medical certification.
The Department and UCL also require students to attend all of their seminars and lectures, with the minimum level of attendance at 70%. Attendance will be monitored and any absences must be justified by a valid (and documented) cause.
Students whose work or levels of attendance are deemed unsatisfactory on a particular module are likely to be deregistered from it by the Departmental Tutor. If this happens, students would not be permitted to take the final exam for the course and would receive no credit for any work completed.
Windsor Away Trip
Each year, we take the first year students away for one night to the Beaumont House Hotel in Windsor (http://www.beaumonthousewindsor.co.uk/). The hotel and coach there are at no cost to you as the department funds it for all students.
The trip is an opportunity for us to relax together in a nice environment and spend a little time to review how the first half of term has gone. There will be some plenary activities and break-out groups with the pathway representatives but there is also plenty of time for leisure activities, including sport (football, swimming, squash, gym and tiddly winks) and music and performances at the evening dinner. We encourage you to showcase your performing talent in the beautiful dinner hall – a converted chapel!
This year, it will take place from Friday 8 to Saturday 9 November (the end of Reading Week) and coaches will depart from outside the Bloomsbury Theatre at 10.45am on the Friday and leave Windsor at 12.30pm on Saturday. A programme for the trip will be circulated in October.
Please note that attendance on this trip is not compulsory, but you’d be missing out...